Project: Create a conservation landscape
Go native for a beautiful, biodiverse, beneficial landscape.
Conservation landscaping can help protect air and water, manage stormwater, conserve energy, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment. By using native plants and low-input designs, you’ll reduce water, pesticide and fertilizer use, and save time compared to maintaining a lawn.
Native plants are a vital element in your conservation landscape — they’ve adapted to the local climate, need little fertilizing, and are typically more drought-tolerant and pest-resistant than introduced varieties. Many are also important food and shelter sources for birds and beneficial insects including honeybees, ladybugs and butterflies.
Rebates of $250 to $750 when you replace turf (lawn), invasive plants or impervious areas with native species; through the Montgomery County RainScapes program.
Or, if you live in Rockville, get $1 for every square foot of turf removed or area converted to conservation landscaping (up to $750) through the RainScapes Rewards program.
I don’t know much about native plants or how to use them in my garden. Are there any design templates specific to this area?
Yes, we have several! Choose the ones that may work for you.
- Find landscape designs using native plants on the RainScapes Resources Web page under “Additional References.”
- Download this template for a 200 square foot planting in a deer-resistant sunny site, specifically for Montgomery County.
- Download this template for a 200 square foot planting in a shady site, specifically for Montgomery County.
How is Conservation Landscaping an alternative to turf?
A conservation landscape uses beneficial plants for greater landscape diversity than turf and typically results in improved runoff water quality. This is a type of low-input landscaping to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. Visit the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council to learn the 8 Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping (scroll to the bottom 1/3 of the page).